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12:30 PM ET, October 4, 2016


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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Source: along with the NYT, the Daily News received three pages from Trump's 1995 state tax returns, but its reporters couldn't verify that they were real  —  The New York Times wasn't the only news outlet to receive documents from Donald Trump's tax returns.  But they were the only ones to successfully vet them.
Ronald K.L. Collins / Concurring Opinions:
11 prominent First Amendment experts agree that New York Times reporters won't go to jail for publishing Donald Trump's 1995 state tax returns  —  → “[A] lawyer for Mr. Trump, Marc E. Kasowitz, emailed a letter to The Times arguing that publication of the records is illegal because Mr. Trump …
Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's threat to sue NYT for publishing his taxes is at least the 11th time he's threatened to sue a news org or journalist during his campaign for president  —  Donald Trump's outright contempt for journalists and press freedom is well known—but in the past month he has outdone himself.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix shares climb above $100 on Monday and Tuesday, fuelled by Disney acquisition rumour  —  Netflix shares climbed above $100 per share on Monday, to their highest levels since May — fueled by a rumor circulating on Wall Street that Disney might possibly be interested in acquiring the video-streaming leader.
Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
FOIA Wiki, a free, interactive tool for reporters, has launched in beta, featuring forums, directories, and explainers focused on federal sunshine law  —  If confusion is the first step to knowledge, FOIA users must be geniuses.  Fee categories.  Pre-determination agency actions.  Multitrack processing.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Yahoo rebrands its main mobile app as Yahoo Newsroom, a personalized news app that lets users share links to stories  —  Yahoo's homepage used to be the place where web users started their day, reading the top headlines, sports scores, stock updates, and other news.  On mobile, that's no longer always the case.
Discussion: Yahoo, VentureBeat, MacRumors and 9to5Mac
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
BuzzFeed editor Andrew Kaczynski and three members of his scoop-driven political research unit are joining CNN; they begin on Tuesday  —  The cable network scores a major coup in hiring the political research unit known for 2016 scoops.  —  NEW YORK BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Guardian, Wired, are turning to crowdsourcing to identify bad ads on their sites, encouraging staff, readers, to report them, in bid to defeat ad-blocking  —  Once or twice a week, Jen Soch, evp of commercial delivery for The Guardian, gets an email from a colleague alerting her to a problem ad on the site.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Gawker Media's liquidation plan reveals that Nick Denton, other Gawker execs may face claims of breach of fiduciary duties, with an investigation underway  —  The bankrupt Nick Denton company also is proposing that two-thirds of Univision's $135 million be allocated to its Hungarian affiliate.
John McCarthy / The Drum:
Mail Plus, Daily Mail's paid-for digital edition, becomes the first UK news brand to integrate with Amazon's Alexa; Echo speaker can read out Daily Mail stories  —  The Daily Mail is the first UK newsbrand to make use of Amazon's personal home assistant Alexa, with the Echo speaker able to read out the news on demand.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
US news organizations face increasing requests from individuals to take down old embarrassing stories and generally deal with issues case by case  —  Legacy news organizations have been trying for more than a decade to crack the code of what to publish digitally, where and when.
Discussion: @georgeprof
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
AT&T's OTT service DirecTV Now signs carriage agreement with Viacom, adding cable networks including MTV, Comedy Central, and VH1 to its line-up  —  OTT service will carry 12 Viacom nets at launch  —  AT&T's pending over-the-top service DirecTV Now continues to add content partners …
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
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Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Being without an editor-in-chief has left some Huffington Post staff anxious for the site's future, as Chief Executive Jared Grusd tries to boost morale
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